MY PLANT BASED VEGAN DIET
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW AND A LITTLE BIT MORE
This way of eating is not a diet. In my eyes it is not eccentric or over dramatic. It is not compulsive or annoying. A diet free of all animal products and by products, based primarily on whole plant based foods is compassion, knowledge, truthfulness, sustainability and hope for a better future for generations (of both humans and animals) to come.
Undoubtly, my passion for veganism grew immensely upon my move to O'ahu. Within my first few weeks here on island I was introduced by my kumu (professor) to a Hawaiian proverb that cultivated strongly within me. "Aloha mai no, aloha aku; o ka huhu ka mea e ola `ole ai." He had us repeat together as a class in my first week of school. And then again once more. After doing my research ( I still have difficulty pronouncing half of the street names on this island) I was able to generally translate this to
When love is given, love should be returned;
anger is the thing that gives no life.
Hawaiians are known for transforming and living through the power of the aloha spirit. Here on the islands, Aloha spirit is the attitude of acceptance and love. However, "aloha" also refers to a way to resolve a problem, or accomplish a goal, or to achieve a state of mind and body that you strongly desire. Here on the islands, it was clear to me how much pride the Hawaiians took in the 'aina (land), their families and Papa (Mother Earth.) The more time I spent here, the more I wanted to express my own gratitude and acceptance towards myself and others.
So, initially, I began to cleanse myself physically and emotionally before all else.
I aspired to cleanse my life of emotional upset, which in turn was impairing my mental, physical, and spiritual well-being, as well as any physical upset my body and mind contained. I no longer wanted any portion of my life to contribute to the hurt, abuse, negativity or pain of others. I no longer wanted to support a cause that was both unnecessary and toxic to my own life, and the lives of so many others. Yes, toxic. I reminded myself frequently "anger is the thing that gives no life." I made a pact that I would no longer show anger or violence towards any other living being in my life. I recognized that if I wanted to prosper in this lifetime, it would not be possible if I continued to carry out a lifestyle that was based around confinement and restraint. By consuming animal products, I was not only supporting the corporate bullying of the meat, dairy and pharmaceutical industry, I was supporting a lifestyle that went against everything I loved about my life here in Hawai'i. It was a rude awakening at first, but I encouraged myself to wrap my head around it - I was contributing to pain, fear and abuse for millions of animals each day due to the demand created by my own (and many other's) consumption. Consuming animal products was (and is) in no way whatsoever healthful or propitious to my own divine self.
I am vegan because I am a lover, an activist, a reader, a pacifist, a sentiment being and an advocate.
I think, therefore I am vegan.
My aim when sharing this message with you all is to encourage you to be the creators of your own life. Question what does not align with your core beliefs and morals. Practice compassion, kindness and oneness.